In my work I seek to share my love of animals and their individual personalities with the viewer. Using color and abstraction combined with realistic portrayals of animals, I engage my audience in my contemporary look at the genre of animal painting.
This painting, "The Dancers", has been awarded as one of 11 finalist in the Anerican Women's Artist Online Competition for 2013.
Art critic Brian Sherwin commented on artist Nancy Bass's paintings, stating, "I love how Nancy Bass has continued to explore a staple representational subject in a fresh, exciting way. The juxtaposition between traditional and contemporary is eye-catching, to say the least." Sherwin added, "Nancy has direct contact with the farm animals depicted in her paintings -- she knows the personality of her subjects... and it shows in her work. Her background -- and lifestyle --offers a unique 'jumping point' for the direction she is exploring with her art."
Nancy Bass: Statement
The farm animals in my paintings inhabit a world removed from the constant noise of contemporary life. From my home on a farm in Central Virginia, I engage deeply with my cows and the surrounding landscape. I strive to capture the personalities of my beloved animals exploring their relationship to the land through idyllic landscape settings or through abstract fields of color. My paintings reference not only the tradition of the Abstract Expressionists but also my favorite works of Renaissance art, conveying always and above all my love of animals and my passion for color, texture, and the beauteous harmony of nature.
Nancy Bass: Biography
Over the last decade, Nancy Bass has exhibited her work across the country, from Virginia to New Mexico, New York to Nebraska. Her paintings have been selected for inclusion in nearly three dozen juried exhibitions and have been singled out by critics and museums professions alike, including Peter Schjeldahl (Art Critic of The New Yorker), Carla Hanzal (Curator of Contemporary Art, Mint Museum of Art), Mark Richard Leach (Director of the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art), and William Hennessey (Director of the Chrysler Museum of Art). She has been an artist in residence at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Amherst, VA and has held recent solo exhibitions at the Lynchburg Fine Arts Center, VA (2009) and the Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art, NE (2010), the latter with accompanying catalogue. Since 2006, she has been a member of the McGuffey Arts Center cooperative, and is currently represented by Soho Myriad in Atlanta, GA, McJunkin Gallery in Charleston, WV, Gallery Piquel in New Hope PA, Studio Eleven in Lexington, VA, Berkley Gallery in Warrenton, VA, and the Nichols Gallery in Barboursville, VA.
Bass's paintings are housed in numerous collections, among them the University of Virginia and Martha Jefferson Hospitals (Charlottesville, VA), the Capital One Corporation (Richmond, VA), and held by private collectors in cities across the country, including Dallas, Palm Springs, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Her paintings have featured in the juried publication Studio Visit and in the volumes such as How Did You Paint That? 100 Ways to Paint Landscapes and Virginia's Cattle Story:The First Four Centuries. Most recently Nancy Bass has been named a finalist in The Artist's Magazine 29th annual art competition.
Upcoming Events and Exhibits
New Paintings by Nancy Bass at Warm Springs Gallery - Warm Springs VA Warm Springs Gallery 5/20/2013-6/30/2013 Reception: 5/25/2013 ()
A exhibit of new paintings in this beautiful Warm Springs gallery in the historic resort area near the famed Homestead Resort. A bucolic area for bucolic and pastoral paintings of peaceful animals.
Painting Animals with Confidence Beverly Street Studio School 8/17/2013-8/18/2013 Reception: ()
This two day workshop in August will concentrate on how to bring animals to life with oil paints using light, color, and composition. Students will be working with photographs and will receive intensive one-on-one instruction and insight into the techniques needed to master the art of the animal. Register by calling Beverly Street School or online at www.bssschool.org
53rd Annual Exhibition of the Society of Animal Artists The Bennington 8/31/2013-10/31/2013 Reception: 8/31/2013 ()
The Society of Animal Artists is a prestigious juried group of international artists. This annual exhibition from selected members around the globe will travel to four museums arross the country. The Bennington in Bennington,VT, Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum in Oradell, NJ, Arizonia-Sonora Desert Museum in Tuscon, AZ, and finally the Booth Museum of Western Art in Cartersville, GA.
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